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Letter: Stephanie Bosley Will Provide Fresh Ideas in Boston

I believe she will be a tremendous advocate for our region, particularly on environmental and agricultural issues.

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Letter: Stephanie Bosley Best Person for Representative

I think the best person for this job is Stephanie Bosley. She has been talking about her political and work experience and how that has shaped her ideas as well as her commitment to this area in a way that is refreshing and different.

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Letter: Recovery in North Berkshire

Addiction, and the mental health issues that surround it, are challenges that many find hard to talk about and feel helpless to address. However, there are positive and affirming actions we can take to respond to the epidemic of addiction.

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Letter: Rockwell Paintings Hold Special Meaning for Local Scouts

As a lifelong Berkshire County resident and a multi-year Boy Scout leader, I am appalled by the Berkshire Museum's plans to auction off the best of their art collection, including two original Rockwells, gifted by the artist himself.

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Letter: Voting for Mayor, City Council More Important Than for President

Let me highlight just a few reasons why voting in the mayor and city council elections are important to you:

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Letter: Minuteman Will Be Winner, Savoy Loser in Wind Profits

Just like Savoy, the developer tried to change our bylaws to make the requirements and limitations more suitable for his project, and of course for his bottom line. But what about Savoy's bottom line?

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Letter: A Nursing Strike at BMC Not in Patients' Interest

A positive patient experience depends on competent and compassionate staff and the BMC team is comprised of a very broad range of clinical specialists and operational support staff. This team approach fosters quality care that patients expect and deserve when they place their trust in Berkshire Medical Center.

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Letter: Vote Winters in Planning Board Election

I am writing this post to support Chris Winters' bid for re-election to the Williamstown Planning Board.

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Letter: Winters for Planning Board

Please re-elect Chris Winters to the Williamstown Planning Board by voting May in support of his third term.

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Letter: Negative Campaigning Is Not a Treat

When one of the authors of this letter went to a friend's party after trick-or-treating, he found a pack of M&Ms in his candy bag with a little note that stated: "Hillary for Prison 2016." It was outrageous. Halloween is for kids, not for campaigning. We feel that expressing your views about the election through children is inappropriate; if you want to express your feelings you should find a more reasonable way. The person was irresponsible when they did that.

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Letter: Check Hinds on Tuesday

As we look out to next Tuesday, there is a wide breadth of questions and various positions both national and local that every eligible voter has the right and responsibility to vote on. No matter what side you take on any of these decisions, they will not only affect our lives, but the lives of future generations in the commonwealth, our nation, and our world.

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Letter: Question 2 Contrary to the Commonwealth

Charter schools are an expensive proposition in the commonwealth of Massachusetts with no oversight from our locally elected officials. This year, over $400 million will be diverted from local school districts to fund these privately managed schools.

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Letter: Support Community Preservation Act

There are many reasons for a town to adopt the CPA law. Most importantly it is a totally and completely a democratic process, as the projects must be approved by the town after vetting by the CPA committee. Sometimes overlooked is the fact that having funds to help complete projects, keeps those hard-working volunteers active in protecting the historic resources we all cherish.

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Letter: One Real Option for State Senator

Versus the actual records and proposed ideas of the other state Senate candidates, Rinaldo Del Gallo is remarkable in that his words and actions are the same, and progressive. He has put his money where his mouth is and that's remarkable for a politician. Rinaldo Del Gallo is the only worthy candidate for state senate.

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Letter: Adam Hinds Embraces The Details

This September 8, I am driving from school to cast a vote for Adam Hinds for state Senate because I know who he is, and I believe that he is uniquely qualified to represent our entire community in Boston, alongside the rest of our tireless Berkshire delegation.

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Letter: Mike Bloomberg, An Active Voice for Pittsfield

We don't need clever ways to add taxes to existing citizens and businesses (like the proposed mileage tax and discussions on taxing non-profits the incumbent has been supporting). Pittsfield needs to increase revenue by growing the tax base.

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Letter: Adam Hinds: Our Next Step Forward

As a North Adams city councilor, I firmly believe we need Adam Hinds for both the good days and the bad, the challenges and the opportunities. He is someone with the skills, experiences, passion, and drive to be our next step towards a bright future as a region, and he is the person I believe should be our next state senator.

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Letter: Great care at BMC

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Letter: Our Future Is in Good Hands

As we all grow a little bit older and maybe a little bit wiser, we often wonder "What has happened to our world?" We say things like "These kids today are lazy and spend all their time playing with that 'thing.' " Sometimes I would worry myself as to what kind of world my grandchildren would live in.

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Letter: Blue Star Parents Group Forming

Berkshire County has many residents serving in the military active, Reserves and Guard. Each military individual represents an entire family who is also sacrificing and supporting them. To help these families, Berkshire County Chapter for Blue Star Parents will hold its first gathering, Thursday, July 14, at 7 p.m. at the North Adams American Legion.

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Letter: Support a Pittsfield Ban on Exotic Circus Animals

We as people wouldn't like to be subjected to the type of treatment that they have to endure just because they can't speak. These animals are children or parents of others herds and packs in some cases. These animals show love and understanding just like we do. They don't deserve to be locked away or chained up to be brought into an arena for everyone to see. Would we like that? Not at all.

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Del Gallo Challenges Democratic Candidates to Spending Limits

The following is an open letter from Rinaldo Del Gallo III, candidate for the Democratic nomination for state Senate: During the first week of April, I sent my fellow candidates an email asking them to agree to voluntary spending limits. Many progressives I have spoken to feel it is an excellent idea. I herein resubmit an open letter on the subject of spending limits, debates, and columns in local papers. This offer, previously submitted in early April, I offer for 10 days after publication

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